Out of the Girls’ Room and into the Night by Thisbe Nissen
Before meeting Thisbe, I had become a fan of hers through this collection of quirky and spirited stories of youth and love. The collection was later repackaged and published in a condensed form by Anchor Books when her first novel came out. Thisbe was reading at my bookstore, and I still remember with embarrassment and pride at how Thisbe beamed and exclaimed “my baby” when I handed her this original collection to sign. Those stories and that edition are close to my heart as well.